Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois joining Real Madrid from Chelsea

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois joining Real Madrid from Chelsea

Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois joining Real Madrid from Chelsea

The teams didn't disclose terms of Courtois' transfer, but multiple outlets report Real Madrid will pay Chelsea £35 million (€39 million/$45 million) for his services.

Chelsea's new manager Maurizio Sarri predicted after the Lyon fixture that he expects a flurry of activity from his club, who are also in talks to secure Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid on loan.

Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas emphatically ruled out leaving the club as he said the signing of Thibaut Courtois has not affected his desire to remain at the Bernabeu.

Kepa became the most expensive goalkeeper when Chelsea made a decision to meet the buyout clause in his contract with Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday, eclipsing the £56m that Liverpool paid Roma for Alisson last month.

Athletic said the 23-year-old Kepa had his €80-million (NZ$138m) buyout clause paid on Wednesday, although the Spanish club did not say which team made the payment.

The Belgium worldwide, named best goalkeeper at the World Cup this summer as he helped his country to third-place, signed a six-year deal after completing a medical on Thursday.

Speaking after his move, the Croatian explained: 'I haven't trained a lot at Real Madrid because I badly wanted to come to Chelsea so I didn't do much training.

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Kovacic will join Chelsea on loan until June 30, 2019 as part of the deal, with the Croatia worldwide spending a season away from the club he joined from Inter Milan in 2015.

"I grew a lot physically in England and now I'm more mature and more experienced".

Just an hour or so after Thibaut Courtois had faced the cameras in Madrid, the world's most expensive goalkeeper Kepa was presented to the English media.

"I arrived at Chelsea with [Petr] Cech there, and I ended up being first choice".

Real Madrid also released a short statement of their own, which confirms that Kovacic will stay at Chelsea until June 30, 2019.

"I had excellent references from them about the club, knowing them and being able to talk to them has been a great support for me over the last few days".

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